I reentered the fitness world at age 41 after the birth of my daughter.  I wanted to get into running because I had met people that ran on a regular bases and their bodies looked lean, toned and amazing.

Running is a very efficient way to burn calories and tone your body, but it is also very strenuous. It will take a while to get good at it and built the stamina to keep going for an extended period of time. Running is also very hard on the body and the joints, so if you have knee injuries or back injuries you should probably not start a running program.

My first step was to sign up for a running class at the local collage. It is a great way to start running because the class setting will help keep you encouraged and motivated. You will learn techniques to be a more efficient runner and and tricks to help keep you going.

The next step is cloth and equipment.

1. Running shoes: This most important investment you will make, so really put some time into researching shoes other  runners like and than go out and try on a lot of different shoes. There is a lot different brands of running shoes and every brand has different models. So try them on and walk around the store for a while .  A great way of comparing is to put different models on each foot so you feel the difference. You will feel difference in weight, some shoes are a lot lighter than others. You will feel difference in fit, some shoes fit tighter or have a more narrow cut, others have a wider base. You will feel a difference in padding or cushioning. That is a very important part of the shoe, the cushioning will help your protect your joints from impact.

2. Headphones: Headphones are a very important part because they will transfer the music and the beat from your music player to your ear. Music and sound is a big deal for runners so make sure you get headphones that sound good! Once again do your research. The internet is a great place to find product reviews. When you find something that sounds good than you nee to make sure they fit tight. I went trough many, many headphones before I found a pair that sounds good and fits good. Fit is important because when you run, the bounce and the sweat will slowly slide the headphones out of your ear and you will find it annoying to have to repossession your headphones. So make sure you get headphones that stay put.

3.Music: Music is a huge part of a successful run. The music sets your pace and will keep you going. We all know how important music is in our everyday life, but it is vital when starting a running program. A great song will keep you encouraged and motivated. Take time to put together a few good 30-40 min playlists, so you don’t have to worry about looking for music during your run. Spotify is a great online radio app that has all genres of music, including workout music and running music.

4. Clothing: Yes the right cloth are important. Of cause you can run in shorts and a t-shirt, especially when you first get started. But as you get more efficient and want to run rain or shine, cold or warm. If you sweat a lot, if you want to keep your hair out of your face, sun out of your eyes, if you want to keep your music player secured, and if you want to feel like a running machine, sleek and smooth, cloth do make a difference!